Before the Andrew Gn show began, the gentleman seated next to me mentioned that it was his first time attending one of Andrew’s fashion shows and that he was surprised to see such a high caliber of attendees in the audience so early on a Sunday morning. He remarked, “Wow, I see buyers from Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus are in the front row. And right over there is Vogue China.” Perhaps this gentleman was unaware of the influential customer base attracted by Andrew Gn’s collections. Retailers and editors have certainly taken note of the fact that his designs appeal to a moneyed, fashion-conscious woman whose taste and expectations of quality are of the highest level – a consumer profile whose loyalty would be welcomed by any fashion brand.
While Andrew’s label might be known for catering to the jet-set Madame, that hasn’t prevented younger consumers from appreciating the beautiful separates he creates every season or the über chic handbag line he launched last year; nor has it hindered trend-conscious Hollywood starlets from proudly donning his gowns on the red carpet to rave reviews. Inspired by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (you’ll recognize her polka dot collaboration with Louis Vuitton if nothing else) and fashion icon Tina Chow, the autumn/winter 2014 collection was spiked with electric color combinations, sexy plays on transparency, and geometric patterns that had a distinctly modern feel.
In addition to the timeless coats embellished with shiny oval metal eyelets, we found the transparent plissé skirts especially lust-worthy, considering their modern length, varied hemlines, and elegant incarnation of the sheer trend we witnessed throughout Paris Fashion Week. Also of note was the new larger handbag for day, named the “Varsity” bag. But the highlight of the show – for us – came in the form a variety of pieces (coats, tops, dresses) emblazoned with baroque arabesque appliqués. The brilliant color combinations of these particular looks – for example, cerulean arabesques applied onto the deep green wool of a structured coat – looked remarkably fresh for fall and showed my neighbor exactly why an Andrew Gn show is always worth waking up for.